OMG, PrismTech Conduct Mission Critical DDS Middleware Survey

The Object Management Group(TM) (OMG(TM)), a software consortium responsible for establishing distributed computing specifications—with support from member company PrismTech(TM), a leading provider of state-of-the-art middleware and development tools—is conducting a survey designed to provide a clearly focused perspective on the current and planned implementations of the Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) middleware standard. The DDS standard is the first open middleware standard that directly addresses distributed, mission critical systems.

Organizations currently or planning to operate, maintain or build a mission critical system are encouraged to participate in the survey. Results are expected by the end of the year and will be posted on the OMG website.

“We worked closely with the OMG to create a survey that will not only help us understand the achieved and anticipated benefits of the DDS standard, but also help us uncover areas where future enhancements may be needed within the standard,” said Steve Jennis, senior vice president of corporate development for PrismTech.

Mission critical systems—those systems where the loss or latency of data can result in loss of life, financial disaster or social harm—require real-time, fault-tolerant, low-overhead middleware, and associated application development tools, according to OMG officials. DDS, adopted by the OMG in 2003, is designed to address these needs.

“The industry has reached a critical mass of DDS implementations where it now makes sense to examine how, where and why the standard is being used. This survey also is a way to help us get a clearer picture of DDS’ technology development and market potential,” explained Jennis.

Due to the scalability limits and single point-of-failure topologies of traditional client/server middleware architectures, DDS specifies a publish/subscribe paradigm by which applications can dynamically connect to an “information backbone” in order to publish and/or subscribe to information.

The DDS standard can be implanted in numerous mission critical systems, such as shipboard combat management systems for the military, network management systems for commercial telecommunications, industrial control systems, or any number of computer systems related to homeland security, healthcare or financial institutions.

PrismTech, a strong supporter of open standards, has been an active member, contributor and sponsor of the OMG for more than a decade.

About the Object Management Group
OMG is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry consortium. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies, including: Real-time, Embedded and Specialized Systems, Analysis & Design, Architecture-Driven Modernization and Middleware and an even wider range of industries, including: Business Modeling and Integration, C4I, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Legal Compliance, Life Sciences Research, Manufacturing Technology, Robotics, Software-Based Communications and Space.

OMG’s modeling standards, including the Unified Modeling Language(TM) (UML(R)) and Model Driven Architecture(R) (MDA(R)), enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes, including IT Systems Modeling and Business Process Management. OMG’s middleware standards and profiles are based on the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA(R)) and support a wide variety of industries.

OMG is headquartered in Needham, MA, USA.

About PrismTech
PrismTech is an acknowledged leader in state-of-the-art software products for developers of standards-based, carrier-grade systems. The Company provides high-performance COTS middleware, productivity tools, and professional services for applications ranging from mission-critical distributed systems to embedded Real-time devices. It serves markets such as: Commercial Telecom, Defense, Aerospace and Homeland Security. PrismTech’s customers constitute an impressive list of major systems integrators, network equipment providers and other OEMs, including many Fortune Global 500 companies. PrismTech was founded in 1992 and is a privately-held group with US operations based in Boston, MA and Saddle Brook, NJ, and European operations in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and France.

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